Finally bought a new laptop!! It’s a Dell XPS M1530 for RM4199 at Pikom yesterday. My budget is around RM3000-4000. I narrowed it down to Toshiba, Sony and Dell and at the end Dell has better price with such kind of specifications. Besides, checked it online and only lower specifications available, it’s already RM4299. Therefore it’s really a deal.
Got free upgrade of RAM from 1GB to 2GB, a carry case, bluetooth and insurance for one year that worths more than RM400 for the laptop in case your laptop is stolen, burnt, flood or burglar carted it away for your house. Online offer only gives free optical mouse.
Performance wise, I haven’t check *LOL* For now it’s still new and clean, of course it’s fast and perform well except Vista that I hate! *LOL* From the Internet, the comments about the performance aren’t that bad. What kind of review is this?!?!? I’m concentrating more on the non-technical parts. At least I know it won’t be as slow and as lag as the one I’m using now.
Specifications(This is not full specifications, just some major ones):
IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢2 Duo Processor T8100(2.1Hhz/3MB/800Mhz)
2GB DDR-2 SDRAM(after upgrade)
15.4â€ WXGA Display with TrueLifeâ„¢
250GB SATA Hard Drive
Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam(below left)
DVD Super Multi Dual Layer Drive(below right)
256MB NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8600M GT
Card reader(SD/MMC/Memorystick, just to name a few, I lazy to check the manual hahaha…)
Biometric FingerPrint Reader
1-Year licensed Anti-Virus, McAfee
MS Works 9.0
Windows VistaÂ® Home Premium
1-Year limited warranty
Weight: Starting at 5.78 lbs6 (2.62 kg)
Width: 14.06″ (357 mm)
Height: 0.93″ – 1.38″ (23.7 mm – 35.1 mm wedge)
Depth: 10.34″ (263 mm)
Lighter than what I’m having now.
Better sound system than what I’m having now.
Better graphic card than what I’m having now.
Bigger than what I’m having now.
Better performance than what I’m having now.
You need to hold the base down when opening the lid, as it’s light, the whole laptop would move or flip.
Power cord pulls out very easily.
Power cord very short. This is one reason why I didn’t consider Dell at the first place.
Vista suckssssssssssss! That’s why it took me ages to find a new laptop as new laptops now all come with Vista.
I don’t like built-in webcam.
Battery life is only 3 hours.
Fingerprints everywhere!! However, easily cleaned with the cloth provided.
The lid closes very LOUDLY when you are not gentle, there’s no way you can close it like normal laptop. You have to hold it and gently close it, if you didn’t pay attention and let go of your hand when it’s almost closed, it will SLAM down by itself! Imagine opening a book and then close it when you are angry. It will give you a loud “PAP!!!” Almost got heart attack for this.
(Told you I’m jinxed! Contacted Dell’s customer support already, waiting for their reply)
Need to get used to:
Don’t like the keyboard, just need to get used to it, no umph when typing 😛
The touchpad, need to get used to it too.
The screen has huge glare, the major problem with all glossy screens.
Slot load drive instead of the traditional press and eject.
Wrong sticker!! Hahaha… It should be Intel Core 2 Duo but it has Centrino sticker on it *LOL*
It’s strange that I can’t find proper reviews on the Internet search except from Dell’s site itself. Maybe it’s still too new.
Left: (bottom to top) Free carry case, CD organizer, the case provided.
Right: The cables and the box, even the box design is so cool!
Left: The earphones provided.
Right: Even the the user manual looks like a nice notebook.
Anyway, I need to wait for Dell Support to contact me about the lid problem. Told you I’m jinxed!! Sigh… I bought 3 laptops(Toshiba, NEC, now Dell) and all sure to have problems! Will tell you about this in other post hahaha…